Have We Been to the Mountaintop?

Have We Been to the Mountaintop?
The Rev. and Choir sing and preach in front of UBS Bank
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Our new song "Have We Been to the Mountaintop?" begins with this re-questioning from Dr. King's last sermon:

Have we been to the mountaintop?
Did we do all we could do?
JP Morgan rains down rock
Exploding loans from the Devil came due...

We are joining thousands of activist citizens who have opposed the removal of peaks in Appalachia for "dirty coal" mining. In resisting Consumerism, there is always an earth-justice motive, right in front of us. We remember leading Iceland citizens into their own super malls to oppose the big dams and aluminum smelters; and we recall opposing the super ferry in Kauai; and also singing to tree-sitters up in the redwoods.

When you start with such a general plea as "Stop Shopping" -- your work can go in so many directions. Now, mountain-top removal, the shopping for energy that murders citizens living on the streams below and poisons the air at great distances -- now this must be our cause.

The mountain activists are welcoming us because there is a role for New Yorkers -- with a UBS Bank headquartered in Manhattan. We promise our Appalachian friends that this city will not protect the bank that finances most of this violence against the mountains.
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Credits

Lyrics Bill Talen
Music Laura Newman/ E. Katrina Lewis
Recorded live at Theater For The New City by Jason Candler

Lyrics

Have we been to the mountaintop?
Did we do what we could do?
JP Morgan rained down rock
Exploding loans of the Devil came due

Have we been to the mountain top?
The highest ground for our last stand?
The oldest peak is a vacant lot
There’s cancer in the mud in the promised land
There’s cancer in the mud in the promised land

America, America...
The graves in the valley keep your dream alive
America, America...
Your children will climb back to the sky

Have we been to the mountain top?
Inhale deep and see for miles?
We’re so amazed we forget to shop
We’re dreaming again on the mountaintop
We’re dreaming again on the mountaintop

Coal in the mountain...
   What could we do?
Rain down rock...
   What could we do?
Cancer in the mud...
   What could we do?
Poisoned streams...
   What could we do?
Oldest peak...
   What could we do?
Ripped up my woods...
   What could we do?

America, America...
The graves in the valley keep your dream alive
America, America...
Your children will climb back to the sky
Your children will climb back to the sky